Expert Pediatric Surgeons in Austin

Our experienced staff works with pediatricians, family practitioners, pediatric anesthesiologists, and other pediatric specialists to ensure the highest standard of care for our patients. Our surgeons specialize in treating a variety of conditions, and are more than willing to answer any questions you may have the process. 

Every member of our team is dedicated to providing the best possible care and to making every patient’s care as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

What is a Pediatric Surgeon?

Pediatric Surgeons specialize in the care of infants, children and adolescents. Following graduation from medical school, a surgeon must complete at least five years of graduate surgical education in a general surgery residency program. Two additional years in a pediatric surgery fellowship complete the required training for a pediatric surgeon.

Certification in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery is accomplished with both a written examination to ensure surgical knowledge is of the highest level and an oral exam to determine the ability to manage surgical problems. This certification must be renewed every 10 years by written examination.

Our Doctors

Yue Julia Chen, MD

Dr. Chen is a board certified pediatric surgeon with an interest in trauma, congenital diaphragmatic hernias and ECMO. She is an advocate for advancing minimally invasive techniques in surgical care of children and injury prevention in the community. She lives in Austin with her husband and children and exploring the local food scene!

Nilda M. Garcia, MD, FACS

Dr. Garcia is the Surgeon in Chief for Dell Children’s. She also holds an academic appointment of Professor of Surgery & Perioperative Care with Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. She is active in the field of pediatric surgery and pediatric trauma. She is the Division Head of Pediatric Surgery for […]

Dani Gonzalez, MD

One of the things that drew me to Pediatric Surgery was the breadth of cases that I can see in a single day. I enjoy the variety in both the types of cases and the types of patients that I see, ranging from patients with conditions which can be managed on an outpatient basis, to […]

Erich J. Grethel, MD, FACS, FAAP

Dr. Grethel lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children. He has been practicing pediatric surgery here since 2010. He is surgeon champion for the Dell pediatric NSQIP team and is involved in quality and outcome measures for pediatric surgery patients.

Jeffrey R. Horwitz, MD, FACS

Dr. Horwitz was born and raised in Houston. He has been living in Austin since 1999. His incredibly supportive family includes his wife Treva, daughter Aiden and two chihuahuas, Gracie and Bella.

Michael D. Josephs, MD, FACS

Dr. Josephs moved to Austin from the East Coast in 2002 to provide surgical care to the children of Central Texas. In addition to the state-of-the-art healthcare environment, he was drawn to the vast opportunities for outdoor activities in the hill country along with the many live music venues.

Tory A. Meyer, MD, FACS

Dr. Meyer has enjoyed the beauty of the Austin area since 2000 when he moved here with his wife and three children. In addition to a busy surgical practice, he has served as Surgery Dept. Chair and Chief of Staff and is the present Chairman of the Pediatric Leadership Board. Dr. Meyer is a Clinical […]

Jessica Ann Naiditch, MD, FACS, FAAP

Dr. Naiditch is a board certified pediatric surgeon with an interest in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, trauma & oncology. She is the lead surgeon on the Austin Pediatric Surgery Inflammatory Bowel Disease Team and is the Trauma Medical Director at Dell Children’s Medical Center. She has published on topics including lung biopsy, […]

Ankur R. Rana, MD

Dr. Rana is a clinical pediatric surgeon with experience in all aspects of neonatal and pediatric surgery, with special clinical interest in pediatric oncology, thoracic surgery and complex gastrointestinal surgery including minimally invasive surgery. He is also the Educational Experience director.

Julie I. Sanchez, MD, FACS

Dr. Sanchez and her family have lived in Austin since 2001. In addition to a successful surgical practice, she is a co-founder of Spoonie Threads, an online clothing company for children and adults with special needs. She also has a passion for education, global health and injury prevention.

Midlevel Providers

Midlevel providers are Nurse Practitioner’s (NP’s) and Physician’s Assistant’s (PA’s) who have completed advanced training in the management and diagnoses of various medical conditions, including chronic diseases. They work closely with physicians to provide a broad range of care while serving as a patient’s routine health care provider.

Our midlevel providers provide the highest levels of individualized care and make the patient’s needs their top priority, striving towards prevention, overall health, and patient education.

Jennifer D. Brown, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Jennifer began her nursing career in 2001 as a LVN. She received her RN in 2005 and has worked in many settings over her nursing career including adults and children in the acute care setting, case manager for children and adults who required home health care and worked many years as a private duty nurse […]

Ashley Noboa, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Ashley is originally from the Dallas area, but recently moved to Austin after spending the last 7 years in New York City. She has worked as a nurse practitioner since 2015 and a nurse since 2009, predominantly in pediatrics. She enjoys pediatric surgery and trauma because she gets to meet so many different types of […]

Amy Clarkson, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC

Amy lives in Austin, Tx with her husband and daughter, and has an older son who lives in Hawaii. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner since 2014 and joined the Austin Pediatric Surgery team in 2021. Amy loves working with the team of surgeons and advanced practice providers to help care for pediatric patients […]

Amy Powell, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC

Amy lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two dogs. She has been a pediatric registered nurse with a focus in surgery and trauma her entire nursing career. As a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner, she continues to expand her knowledge in pediatric surgery with a specialization in skin care, wounds, and gastrostomy tubes. […]

Genevieve Konicke, PA-C

Genny moved to Austin and started at Dell Children’s in 2018 after completing her master’s degree in physician associate studies. She has always been passionate about providing medical care for infants and children, especially those with congenital diseases and within the perioperative period. Outside of work, she spends time exploring nature with her husband and […]

Brianna Burg, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Brianna has lived in Austin, Texas since 2001. She began working with Austin Pediatric Surgery in 2009. She enjoys working with trauma and surgical patients and caring for hospitalized children and families. She enjoys golfing, boating, reading and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Jessie Cowen, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Jessie moved to Austin in 2007 to work as a pediatric nurse at Dell Children’s Medical Center. She has been a nurse practitioner with Austin Pediatric Surgery since 2016. She is board certified in both acute and primary care pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time outside with […]

Lisa Cronin, PA

Lisa moved to Austin in 1997 for graduate school (Hook ’em!) and has lived here ever since. She enjoys hiking, visiting new places, and reading. She began practice as a Physician Assistant in 2005 and has provided care to injured children at Dell Children’s Medical Center since 2010. She joined Austin Pediatric Surgery in the […]

Julia Freitag, PA

Julia Freitag, PA-C has been a PA since 2006. She has spent her career solely in pediatric trauma and surgery, and couldn’t see herself doing anything else. During her off time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four daughters.


Amy has been a nurse since 1995, and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 2004 starting with Pediatric General Surgery and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN. In pursuit of warmer weather and sunny skies, Amy moved to Austin in 2011 to continue her passion in caring for children with Austin Pediatric Surgery. […]

Sarah Goldshtrom, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Sarah has lived in Austin since 2004 and has been a part of the Trauma/Surgery team since 2013. She is certified in both primary and acute care. When not at work Sarah enjoys spending time with her kids and doing fun things around town.

Lisa Gonzales, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Lisa lives in Austin, TX with her husband and children. She has been a nurse practitioner since 2013 and a Registered Nurse since 2008. She has worked with Austin Pediatric Surgery since 2016, and she enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking, reading, hiking and swimming.

Kelly Hoffman, APRN, CPNP AC/PC

Kelly began working with pediatric patients exclusively in the emergency department in 2007 when Dell Children’s Medical Center opened its doors. She became an advanced practice provider in 2011 after graduating from the University of Texas. She has achieved national certification in both pediatric acute and primary care. She started her career as a nurse […]

Megan Malfer, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CPNP-AC

Megan moved to Austin in 2013 to work at Dell Children’s Medical Center as a pediatric nurse in critical care. She currently lives here with her husband, son and two dogs. She has been a nurse practitioner with Austin Pediatric Surgery since 2019. She is board certified in both primary family care and pediatric acute […]

Catherine (Michelle) Pullin, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Michelle has lived in Austin since 2014. She began her Nurse Practitioner career in 2008, caring for children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Units in San Antonio and later joined Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin. She transitioned to the Austin Pediatric Surgery team in 2016. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her […]

Laura Seris, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC

Laura has been a pediatric nurse since 2005 and a Nurse Practitioner with Austin Pediatric Surgery since 2011. Her favorite aspect of caring for pediatric patients and their families is assisting them through the recovery from surgery and seeing their smiling faces as they get discharged home. She enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with […]

Tammie Warren, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC

Tammie has been part of the pediatric nursing community in Austin since 2002. She became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2006 and has been part of the Pediatric Surgery/Trauma team since 2008. She is board certified in both primary and acute care. She has a passion for caring for our surgical and trauma patients and […]